"Remember" by Joy Harjo

Eliza Gilmore
Posted February 27, 2015 from United States

"Remember the sky you were born under, know each of the star’s stories.

Remember the moon, know who she is.

Remember the sun’s birth at dawn, that is the strongest point of time.

Remember sundown and the giving away to night.

Remember your birth, how your mother struggled to give you form and breath. You are evidence of her life, and her mother’s, and hers.

Remember your father. He is your life, also.

Remember the earth whose skin you are: red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth brown earth, we are earth.

Remember the plants, trees, animal life all have their tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them, listen to them. They are alive poems.

Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the origin of this universe.

Remember you are all people and all people are you.

Remember you are this universe and this universe is you.

Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.

Remember language comes from this.

Remember the dance language is, that life is.


- Joy Harjo​

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Feb 27, 2015
Feb 27, 2015

Beautiful, thank you for sharing, Eliza!

Tamarack Verrall
Feb 28, 2015
Feb 28, 2015

As I read this poem it entered my heart, deeply. We are so lucky to be alive in this inexplicably perfect Universe, on this exqiisite Earth, experiencing the love of each other. Thank you for this, Eliza.

Mar 05, 2015
Mar 05, 2015

Such a valuable poem of mindfulness. Sounds like a prayer, a chant, a meditation, a litany. It exudes with so much spirituality. Thanks, Joy Harjo! Thank you so much, Eliza!